By Genalyn Kabiling and Roy Mabasa
Furious over their interference in the country’s affairs, President Duterte has warned the ambassadors of the European Union (EU) to leave the country in 24 hours after the bloc supposedly lobbied for the country’s removal from the United Nations (UN).
The President said the country could cut “diplomatic channel” with any country in the EU which he claimed has been critical of his drug war, adding the nation does not need their aid anyway.
“The ambassadors of those countries listening now, tell me. Because we can have the diplomatic channel cut tomorrow. You leave my country in 24 hours. All. All of you,” Duterte said in Malacanang. “Do not come to this country again. We don’t need you,” he said.
The President also challenged the EU to make good on its threat to expel the country from the world body if it can.
“You want to expel us? You try. Your $1,000 dollars will earn P1 million from me if you can expel us from UN,” he said.
“Bakit, papayag kaya ang Russia pati China? You think China and the rest of the countries in ASEAN will agree to that? Where will be the crucial vote that will come? The Security Council. And you think Russia and China will allow that?” he added.
“Kasi ang pagtingin niyo kasi sa amin, walang alam sa Charter ng United Nations [Because you think we don’t know anything about the United Nations Charter] You think we are a bunch of morons here,” Duterte added.
The President claimed that the “stupid European Union guys” were focused on the number of deaths linked to the government’s anti-drug campaign.
“And they threatened us, I said that they will have us expelled from the UN. My God, do it stupid. Do it now,” a fuming Duterte declared.
“Start delisting the Philippines from the UN. Sige nga kung kaya nila [Go ahead if you can],” he added.
A seven-man delegation of the “International Delegates of the Progressive Alliance” was in Manila last 8-9 October and held a presser urging the Duterte administration to stop the spate of killings related to illegal drug campaign.
Reacting to President Duterte’s statement, the European Union Delegation reaffirmed its commitment to working constructively and productively with the Philippines for the benefit of the population.
In a statement, the EU Delegation also distanced itself from a group of “international delegates” who visited the country early this week and strongly criticized Duterte’s anti-illegal drugs campaign.
“The European Union was not part of the organisation or planning of that visit – neither the Delegation of the European Union in the Philippines nor the European Union institutions in Brussels,” the Delegation explained.
That delegation, the EU pointed out, “was not European Union mission as falsely reported by some media outlets.”
“The statements made by the Progressive Alliance during its visit to the Philippines were made solely on behalf of the Progressive Alliance and do not represent the position of the European Union,” the EU Mission said.